VIEWING THE CHURCH
Built in 1894, St. Mark’s church building is an official historical landmark of San Francisco. The church was renovated and rededicated in 2006, with many of the original details and finishes restored. With it’s beautiful stained glass windows, refinished interior, and Taylor & Boody pipe organ, the Sanctuary makes a lasting impression.
You are invited to worship at St. Mark's at the 9:00 or 11:00 am services any Sunday morning to view the sanctuary. This will allow you to better understand the acoustics and setting while people are assembled, and to hear the organ and the vocalists. Viewing the church at any other time is by appointment only.
St. Mark’s clergy officiate at all wedding ceremonies. Clergy are assigned according to their availability. Guest clergy may be invited to assist St. Mark’s clergy at the request of the bridal couple and with approval of the Lead Pastor.
Pre-wedding counseling is required of all couples. The purpose is to review together the Christian understanding of marriage as a permanent covenant of fidelity, and to discuss issues pertinent to the couple’s relationship.
Couples are encouraged to seek pre-wedding counseling with clergy of their home church. Otherwise, St. Mark’s will happily provide you with the services. Please contact the Events Administrator for further details.
St. Mark’s will provide a Wedding Coordinator who is charged with the responsibility of assisting the officiating Pastor in all arrangements for the service. The Coordinator will contact you shortly after the confirmation of your wedding date. The Wedding Coordinator will assist you with arrangements for your florist and your photographer, lead your rehearsal, and be on site the day of the wedding to assist the wedding party and pastor. The Wedding Coordinator will answer any pertinent questions you may have and be your main point of contact.
The Director of Music and Liturgy for St. Mark's Lutheran Church, Dr. Timothy Zerlang, will assist you in the selection of appropriate music for the service. All music must be cleared with him to assure its appropriate character. Dr. Zerlang is the primary musician for all services. In the event he is unavailable to play for your ceremony, he will provide a suitable replacement. If you choose to have a soloist or any additional special music, you are asked to discuss this with Dr. Zerlang. St. Mark's can provide a soloist. Many weddings include a congregational hymn, and we are pleased to encourage this.